Health foods and health benefits – how does honey support your health?
Everything in life carries risks but what needs to be taken into account is the risk to benefit ratio. It is a known fact that sugar increases the growth of cancer cells. So, for example, a carrot contains sugar but it also has falcarinol which is an anti-fungal, anti-carcinogenic chemical and thus the benefit of eating a carrot outweighs the risk.
The same applies to honey, eat too much and you can get problems like yeast overgrowth but a small amount of honey can have health and longevity benefits.
There is now sizeable evidence that honey is a natural immune booster, natural anti-inflammatory agent, natural antimicrobial agent, natural cancer “vaccine,” and natural promoter for healing chronic ulcers and wounds. The positive scientific evidence for the anticancer properties of honey is growing.
Carcinogenesis (cancer formation) is a multistep process and has multifactorial causes. Among these are low immune status, chronic infection, chronic inflammation, chronic non-healing ulcers, obesity, and so forth.
Though honey has substances of which the most predominant is a mixture of sugars, which itself is thought to be carcinogenic, it is understandable that its beneficial effect as anticancer agent raises sceptics. The positive scientific evidence for the anticancer properties of honey is growing. The mechanism on how honey has an anticancer effect is an area of great interest. Among the mechanisms suggested are inhibition of cell proliferation, induction of apoptosis (cell suicide/death), and cell-cycle arrest.
And all that from some pollen and a bee!